Holy Child Volleyball

By Melanie Cane

In a thrilling come-from-behind victory, Holy Child defeated Maria Regina 3-2 at home October 12. The Gryphons won the first game 25-16. Junior setter Caylee Premoli served eight consecutive points. Holy Child lost the second game, 9-25, owing to a breakdown in communication, but got back on track in the third game and won 25-13.

Both teams sharpened their focus in game four. Most of the points included long rallies rife with diving saves, kills, and blocks. The teams traded the lead throughout the game, but Maria Regina prevailed on their serve to win 25-23.

In the fifth game, the Gryphons were down 10-13. Senior outside hitter Lily Hurley served the last five points with two aces for the win. Hurley had six aces in the five games.

Premoli led the team with 27 serves without an error over the five sets. She had seven aces, ten kills, 12 assists, and six passes. Senior setter Cece Hylton had five kills, six assists, and six pushes. Senior middle hitter Carly Okon had five kills and two blocks.

Gryphons Coach Jennifer Tracy thought it was a good match and her girls did a great job. “The back row was as effective as the front row. They often made plays that surprised me!”

Caylee Premoli going for the kill

CeCe Hylton

Rye Town Park was the place to be the weekend the first weekend of fall. Friends, families, and volunteers cheered on hundreds of young athletes who participated in the Kids’ Triathlon on Saturday. The winners in the age 7-10 division were Layden Kennedy and Caroline Doyle; Ollie Smeal and Saedi Gibbs came out on top in the 11-14 division.

Grownups got up early for the 32nd Annual Westchester Triathlon, which sold out early and included over 1,000 topnotch athletes. Jacob Slife was the winner in the male division for the second year in a row. Teresa Groton came out on top in the female division.

The Westchester Triathlon donates 100% of race proceeds to deserving local and national charities.

Photos by Melanie Cane

Athlete in the News

At the Manhattan High School Cross-Country Invitational on October 14, <<Marek Nowak,>> who captains Rye High School’s Cross-Country team, took fourth place in the Varsity A 2.5 mile event. The Invitational at Van Cortland Park is the largest high school meet in the country, with 15,000 participants from all over the Eastern seaboard.

Nowak, a senior, was the only Garnet entered in the race. He ran a personal best of 13.19.3, missing third place by a mere 0.7 seconds, but beating roughly 150 other runners.

— Melanie Cane

Rye Neck Football

Well-Traveled Black Hats Fall to Woodlands, Drop to 2-3 on the Season

By Mitch Silver

It’s been an up-and-down season for Coach Nick Ianello’s Panthers. Literally. Their 46-0 defeat at Woodlands High continued a lose-win-lose-win-lose pattern that leaves them with two non-league wins and three league losses.

After dropping their season opener to Haldane in the Putnam County village of Cold Spring by 20-7, the Black Hats did everything right in an easy 39-13 victory in their home curtain raiser September 9 against their Duchess County visitors from Pine Plains. Pedro Cueto ran for three touchdowns and threw for another to sophomore Matt Quartararo as the locals rolled up 451 all-purpose yards.

Their Homecoming game the following weekend saw them lose to league foe Tuckahoe 36-20 despite a 189-yard rushing and receiving day from junior Tyler Simon. But they bounced back with a stunning come-from-behind win in the Catskills against Tri-Valley High School of Sullivan County. (Putnam, Duchess, and Sullivan counties all appear on Rye Neck’s schedule this year thanks to New York State’s decision to allow small-enrollment schools to go farther afield in looking for games.)

Tri-Valley was up 22-14 at the half before the Black Hats tied things up at 22-all in the third. Senior Derick Ramirez recovered a fumble and sophomore Mike Colasanti picked off a crucial aerial and returned it 25 yards for the touchdown to sink the Bears from Neversink, despite making only five first downs on the day to 21 for their foes.

The hope before the Woodlands game — played on a Thursday afternoon due to the religious holidays — was that the defending league champion Falcons, victors over the Black Hats a year ago by a score of 32-0, might be having a down year. A loss to Chester and a blowout administered by Goshen Catholic, another school in the Catskills, had Rye Neck thinking upset.

No dice. Woodlands jumped on the visitors for an 18-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. The Panthers would gain only 152 yards from scrimmage all afternoon.

Rye Neck has another toughie coming up when they host 4-1 Albertus Magnus tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Rye High School Girls’ Soccer

Rye High School Girls’ Soccer Team won the Section I Class A League championship October 16, beating Ardsley 7-0 at home, fittingly on Senior Night. The following day, they completed their undefeated League record of 10-0, a first, by beating Byram Hills at home 1-0.

The Byram game was scoreless until the final three seconds, when Garnet Molly Broderick lifted the ball over the Bobcats’ defense and Rachael Adelson found the back of the net in a dramatic end to a thrilling season.

The Garnets overall record was 14-1-1. Their only non-league loss was to Arlington in their first game of the season. The Garnets only allowed four goals against in 10 league games and had nine shut outs in 16 games.

Coach Rich Savage summed up the season, “It’s been fantastic, with 21 of 24 girls scoring goals.”

Playoffs begin October 21.

— Melanie Cane


Rye High Football

By Mitch Silver

Harrison: 42 wins.

Rye: 42 wins.

When the two rival football teams ran onto the turf at McGillicuddy Field last Sunday afternoon in Harrison for the 88th renewal of The Game, their series dating back to 1929 was even-steven (thanks to three ties along the way). But before the clash there was togetherness, as Harrison’s Austin Evans and Rye’s Billy Chabot were each given awards for leadership and sportsmanship in memory of Rye’s Chris Mello, who died on 9/11.

Then the struggle began. The Huskies were out to break Rye’s recent stranglehold on the affair the Garnets having won 14 of the last 15 games. Rye looked to nose ahead of the all-time tally of wins and losses for the first time since 1966. Something had to give.

At first, it looked like Harrison’s day. The home team recovered their own opening kickoff, an onside surprise, at midfield. Two minutes later they were in Rye’s end zone as senior running back Evans took a direct snap on fourth-and-short and rumbled in from the 4-yard line.

Rye appeared stunned and played like it. When Garnet senior Gavin Kenny grabbed a punt that seemed destined for the end zone later in the quarter and was nailed on his own 4, things looked especially grim. But Kenny redeemed himself three plays later when, wide open, he caught a perfect spiral from sophomore quarterback Declan Lavelle and danced in for the 96-yard tying score.

Rye would have a chance to go ahead when senior co-captain Chabot had the pigskin in his hands at Harrison’s 1-yard line. But a stripped ball and a Husky recovery in the end zone denied the visitors the opportunity.

Were the Garnets snake-bit? It certainly seemed a possibility at halftime with the scoreboard stuck on 7-7. But the 2017 edition is nothing if not a second-half team. Earlier this season they pulverized both Byram Hills and Eastchester with bushels of touchdowns after the break. Even their losses to defending State champ Somers and powerhouse Yorktown saw the boys in garnet and black storm back after falling behind early. And, for Harrison, Sunday was no different.

With 3:40 left in the third quarter, Lavelle connected with senior Peter Chabot, who seemed to have been stopped for a nice gain. But then he wrenched himself free of the tackle and went the rest of the 59 yards. Rye 14, Harrison 7.

Exactly four plays later, Kenny forced a fumble with a bone-jarring hit in front of Harrison’s stands that was recovered by sophomore teammate Brendan Lavelle. Billy Chabot blew through the Huskies on the very next play for a 55-yard TD.

Mello winner Chabot would score again early in the fourth quarter after 45-yard pass to senior Kyle Doran set up his 1-yard plunge. Senior Grant Myerson, who was all over the field running the ball and making tackles, sacked Harrison quarterback Frank Nannariello. Then classmate Dylan Concavage recovered a fumble before taking a 15-yard TD toss from Lavelle, capping a 5:18 blitz that turned a tie game into a rout. The victory sent Rye ahead in the all-time series and into the Blind Brook after the game.

Was it just a case of too many Chabots and Lavelles? Rye Head Coach Dino Garr had praise for everyone afterwards. “Seniors Chase Bekkerus and Owen Hull, junior Lachlan Nelson and the rest of the guys up front were finally too much on both sides of the ball. Harrison’s a well-coached team and played a really physical game. They decided to take away our running by putting an extra man in the box. Even so, maybe we had too much for them.”

Declan Lavelle and the offense gained a whopping 537 yards on the afternoon, with the quarterback’s 23-for-32 passing racking up 377 yards in the air. Garr was asked about him.

“Declan’s a pleasure to watch. Even the mistakes he makes, they seem to slide right off him. He’s got Teflon for skin.”

With The Game in their rear-view mirror, the Garnets will have to regroup after a short week when they host Yonkers’ Lincoln High tonight at 7 p.m. Then it’s on to the playoffs.

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